But first, having learned firsthand how personal a discussion like this can become, let me provide some pre-emptive qualifiers to tamp down the name-calling.
No, I’m not a communist.
No, I don’t have an issue with guns per se. I owned them as a youngster, and will soon inherit a .22 that my father-in-law purchased in the early 1960s to defend himself in the even of a Russian invasion (remember, pro-carry forces, he’s one of yours.)
No, I’m not homosexual, though that should have no bearing on this discussion.
Yes, I eat meat.
Yes, I support our troops.
Yes, I have witnessed violent crimes (two murders—one committed by a civilian with a gun who fired amidst a crowd). No, I didn’t wish I was armed in either instance.
No, I have no agenda other than protecting the restaurant industry from a bad name.
And now the clip, run in exactly the same form this morning by the Calhoun (Ga.) Times and the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune:
An altercation over steak led to the arrest of an Adairsville man on Sunday afternoon at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Calhoun.
According to the Calhoun Police Department:
David Anthony Bogue, 47, of 1141 Hall Station Road in Adairsville, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The officer was dispatched to the restaurant where the manager said two men were arguing over waiting for a steak and that one had a gun. The officer stated that he removed the gun from a holster on Bogue’s side. The officer took Bogue and the other man, Richard Norris, 35, of 314 Liberty Road, outside to speak with them.
According to the report, Norris was behind Bogue at the steak grill. Bogue ordered his steak medium well and Norris ordered his rare. When Norris received his steak first, Bogue began to complain and curse at Norris and the cook.
Norris allegedly told Bogue there was “no reason to be cussing and stuff around these people and kids.” When the suggestion to go outside came up, Norris allegedly asked Bogue if he really wanted to go outside over a piece of steak. That’s when Bogue produced his concealed weapon permit and pulled his shirt back to show the weapon.
Bogue allegedly then said, “Do you want to go outside? Real smart.” Norris told police he then became intimidated.
Another manager saw the weapon and told him if he would sit down, she would bring him his steak. He showed her his permit and his weapon.
Bogue told the officer that Norris cut in line and that he never showed his weapon. The officer made the decision to arrest Bogue, but because of the offender’s health issues, he was taken to the Calhoun Police Department, where he was released to his father on bond.